35 episodes

The Jewish Lives Podcast is a monthly show that explores the lives of influential Jewish figures. Hosted by Alessandra Wollner, each episode includes an interview with an acclaimed Jewish Lives author. Jewish Lives is a prizewinning series of biography published by Yale University Press and the Leon D. Black Foundation. Join us as we explore the Jewish experience together.

The Jewish Lives Podcast Jewish Lives

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 70 Ratings

The Jewish Lives Podcast is a monthly show that explores the lives of influential Jewish figures. Hosted by Alessandra Wollner, each episode includes an interview with an acclaimed Jewish Lives author. Jewish Lives is a prizewinning series of biography published by Yale University Press and the Leon D. Black Foundation. Join us as we explore the Jewish experience together.

    MARTIN BUBER

    MARTIN BUBER

    • 20 min
    LEONARD BERNSTEIN

    LEONARD BERNSTEIN

    • 21 min
    FREUD

    FREUD

    Join us with Adam Phillips, one of the world’s foremost authorities on Sigmund Freud and author of Becoming Freud: The Making of a Psychoanalyst, as we explore the early life of the father of psychoanalysis.

    • 21 min
    JABOTINSKY

    JABOTINSKY

    Few figures in twentieth-century Jewish life were quite so admired and loathed as Vladimir Jabotinsky (1880-1940).

    The founder of the branch of Zionism now headed by Benjamin Netanyahu, he is perhaps the most controversial of all Zionist political leaders.

    Join us as author Hillel Halkin explores the life and legacy of Jabotinsky. Halkin will also explain the importance of Odessa, Ukraine, Jabotinsky’s native city, in shaping his character and outlook.

    • 18 min
    ELIJAH

    ELIJAH

    Join us and explore the story of the prophet Elijah’s evolution from fierce zealot to compassionate hero and cherished figure in Jewish tradition.
     
    Hear from National Jewish Book Award winner Daniel C. Matt, author of the new Jewish Lives biography Becoming Elijah: Prophet of Transformation.

    Music in this episode:

    Hazzan Brian Baruch Shamash - arrangement of Eliahu Hanavi

    • 19 min
    ADMIRAL HYMAN RICKOVER

    ADMIRAL HYMAN RICKOVER

    Join us for a riveting exploration of the brilliant, combative, and controversial “Father of the Nuclear Navy.”
    Hear from Marc Wortman, author of the new Jewish Lives biography Admiral Hyman Rickover: Engineer of Power.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

Transmogrification ,

Serendipity & Sensational

The Jewish Lives podcast fills a void for readers of Jewish biography to access fascinating content. The hostess has a lovely voice, allows the guests to complete their responses and listens to their reply rather than asking the next question on her prepared list. A delightful discovery.

Mdxify ,

Brilliant and provocative

Everything is so fascinating and enjoyable here - from the music to the host to the guests - and of course the topics are brilliant, and you will want to read all of the books! If you have any inclination to try this pod out then you must - you will be hooked!

bgmando1 ,

I’m really sorry, but these just don’t cut it.

It’s not my desire to be negative or mean, but in the interest of constructive criticism I honestly have to say that, despite being very interested in the topics, I find these podcasts just don’t hold my interest, and are very difficult for me even to sit through.

I would strongly recommend that you go back and listen to the Vox Tablet podcasts, many of which were basically infomercials for Jewish Lives books. Those interviews were so well done I actually listened to many of them multiple times, and bought a number books because of them. I think the current series could benefit a lot from remodeling in the mold of the Vox Tablet episodes (and maybe even get some involvement by people who were involved in the previous ones).

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